Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Living your Imagination: Renaissance Festival
As a family, we dress up--as pirates, princesses, archers--my husband finally has worn a kilt the last two years. We have our favorite shows--most of them involving fire. We love seeing Tuey, the fire juggler who balances a ladder on a flaming tightrope strung between two trees. We also love watching and listening to the Fandazzi Fire Dancers, who not only dance in and around fire, but also breathe it. We take a much-needed shady stroll through the Fairy Forest, and stop to find all the fairy houses. My youngest always insists we stop by Mermaid Cove for a sparkly jewel, and I make sure we get to the jousting match. Where else can you see real men in armor riding real horses and jousting?
There are always special events to check out, as well, and we often meet assorted friends and relatives at RenFest. Last year, I was even blessed to run into my best friend from elementary and high school, which led to us having lunch or dinner every month or two this last year.
Maybe I love the Renaissance Festival because I haven't quite grown up, or maybe I love it because I write fantasy. Maybe I look forward to running into friends and family--I'm not really sure. I just know, for one day a year, I can wear a fancy dress, be addressed as "My Lady," listen to amazing live music (there was a band from Belarus this year), and walk around with my family--the people I love most in the world.
What family traditions do you have? What do you like best about them?
Original pictures: Erin Hawley Cronin